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Bronxville Union Free School District

Kindergartners Learn Math, Science with Help from Pumpkins

Kindergartners picked the perfect pumpkins from a pumpkin patch, which was set up and run by parent volunteers on school grounds, on Oct. 14. With their pumpkins selected, they participated in a number of hands-on activities that were designed to introduce them to different math, science and language arts concepts over the course of a week.

“So many different skills are embedded within the pumpkin study,” said kindergarten teacher Janissa Wiles, who has been teaching at the Bronxville School for 22 years. Wiles added that her former students often share how fondly they remember their pumpkin patch visit. “The students worked like scientists as they investigated and looked closely at their pumpkins.”

The lessons started off by building the students’ language skills as they described and drew their pumpkins, focusing on their shape, color, size and texture. As part of a science lesson, the kindergartners tested to see if the pumpkins would float or sink in water. They also employed a variety of math skills to examine their pumpkins, including sorting them, measuring their weight, height and circumference, and counting their seeds.

At the end of the learning experience, the students took home their pumpkins along with a study book that featured photographs, drawings and writings from their classroom activities.

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